2023 SBA Call for Entries/Submissions Open September 1st, 2022!
Submissions for the 2023 Saskatchewan Book Awards will be accepted starting Thursday, September 1, 2022. The deadline for submissions is no later than Tuesday, November 1, 2022. Eligible books accepted for adjudication will be considered for 14 book prizes awarded in May 2023.
Be sure to check the eligibility requirements for each award entered. For most of the awards, books published on or after November 1, 2021 and no later than October 31, 2022 are eligible. Please note that the eligibility date for the Young Adult Literature Award and the Prix du livre français is calculated from a publication date of on or after November 1, 2020 to October 31, 2022 as these awards are offered every other year. The Children’s Literature Award will not be offered again until 2024.
Keep in mind that the criteria change from year to year. Please note that while children's books are not eligible for the Young Adult Literature Award, they are eligible for entry to other 2023 award categories (i.e., First Book, Regina Book, Poetry, Saskatoon Book Award, Indigenous Peoples' Writing, Publishing in Education, Indigenous Peoples' Publishing, and Publishing). For a complete description of the criteria for each award category and how to make your submission online, go to: https://www.bookawards.sk.ca/images/docs/2023-SBA-Call-for-Entries-Submission-Guideliness-V7.pdf
Saskatchewan Book Awards Strengthens Partnerships with Founders.
REGINA – Beginning with the 2023 awards season, the Saskatchewan Book Awards will be operating in closer connection with its founding partners – SaskBooks, the Saskatchewan Library Association and the Saskatchewan Writers’ Guild.
The four organizations have entered into a Memorandum of Understanding to facilitate a greater role for the founding partners in the logistics and operational support of the Saskatchewan Book Awards, which will continue to promote and celebrate Saskatchewan authors and publishers as they have done for three decades. An example of this new agreement is the 2023 awards ceremony, which will take place during the Saskatchewan Library Association’s annual conference.
The volunteer-led Saskatchewan Book Awards Board of Directors will continue to be responsible for overseeing the sponsorship, submissions and independent adjudication processes, to guarantee the integrity and freedom from conflict of interest that was integral when the awards were founded by the partners in 1993. The Board is undergoing some transformation in line with its more focused role.
“As we enter into our 30th anniversary year, these changes will enable us to continue to deliver the high-quality Saskatchewan Book Awards program that we know is important to our literary community and reading public, while ensuring efficiency and sustainability,” said Donna Woloshyn, Chair of the Saskatchewan Book Awards Board of Directors.
“I want to thank our founding partners for coming together to focus on our future, as well as all those who contribute their time and effort to the success of the Saskatchewan Book Awards,” she continued. “We look forward to our next chapter of even stronger connections and increased collaboration.” The Saskatchewan Book Awards is the only provincially focused book awards program in the province and it is a principal ambassador for Saskatchewan’s literary community.
For more information: Donna Woloshyn, Chair Saskatchewan Book Awards 306-569-1585
Saskatchewan Book Awards Master of Ceremonies, Eric Peterson!
The Saskatchewan Book Awards thanks actor Eric Peterson for hosting the 2022 SBA Ceremony that took place on Thursday, June 23, 2022 at 7:00 pm. The pride of Indian Head, SK, Peterson brought his acting skills and folksy prairie humour in hosting the one hour ceremony. Thank you for making the 2022 SBA the best ever, Eric!
We would also like to thank His Honour, Lieutenant Governor Russ Mirasty, for his Greetings from Queen Elizabeth II (Government of Canada) as well as the Honourable Laura Ross, for Greetings on behalf of the Government of Saskatchewan, and Premier Scott Moe.
The SBA would also like thank the Sponsors of our thirteen, and the spokespersons that presented Awards on their behalf.
A final thank you goes to the fine folks at Amplify Digital Marketing Corporation in Regina, SK, that produced the 2022 Online Ceremony!
2022 Saskatchewan Book Awards and the Cathedral Village Arts Festival
The Saskatchewan Book Awards (SBA) is pleased to partner with the Cathedral Village Arts Festival on Tuesday, May 24 at 8:00 pm. The author reading will take place at The Artesian in Regina, 2627 13th Avenue, at the Corner of 13th and Angus. The authors sponsored by SBA are Tara Gereaux and Medrie Purdham. They will be reading from their works, Saltus, (Nightwood Editions) and Little Housewolf, (Signal Editions) respectively. Their books have been shortlisted for the 2022 SBA in the City of Regina Category; with Saltus also shortlisted in the Fiction Category and Little Housewolf in the Poetry Category.
Please bring proof of vaccination for the event.
The SBA would like to thank the Canada Council for the Arts for sponsoring these author readings!
Congratulations to all the 2022 Shortlisted authors and publishers that were just announced this afternoon!
Congratulations to all the Shortlisted authors and publishers for the 2022 Saskatchewan Book Awards! Some SBA Shortlisted authors include include Guy Vanderhaege for August Into Winter, Louise B. Halfe, Skydancer for awâsis — kinky and disheveled and Lisa Bird-Wilson’s for Probably Ruby.
“We are celebrating 29 years of excellence in writing and publishing in Saskatchewan,” says SBA Executive Director Kam Teo. “Once again, we are very proud of this year’s nominees which reflect the diversity of our authors and publishers.”
To the many writers, publishers, and book lovers, the SBA will be announcing its Shortlist in April and the Winners in June, dates and times TBA. The reason for this is pandemic-related.
In pre-pandemic times, the Shortlist was announced in mid-February. We will be going Online for each announcement. We at the SBA would like to thank everyone for their patience as we look to celebrate the 29th anniversary of the Saskatchewan Book Awards. Stay tuned! Thank you for your patience!